***The 2020 Maple Experience has been cancelled in accordance with CDC and state guidelines***
During the last three weekends of March and the first weekend of April, The Rocks welcomes visitors of all ages to explore the New Hampshire Maple Experience. This hands-on program leads participants through the fascinating history of the sugaring tradition, from techniques to gather and boil sap used by Native Americans to those employed by the earliest European settlers and right up to the most modern methods for turning sap into syrup.
Visitors will learn how to identify and tap a sugar maple tree, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic estate, and talk with a fourth-generation sugar maker as he plies his trade in the sweet-scented steam of a working sugar house. Next door to the sugarhouse, the interactive New Hampshire Maple Museum displays maple sugaring tools, from historic to modern.
Of course, no Maple Experience would be complete without sampling the finished product. We pair our own maple syrup with fresh cider donuts and a sour pickle – to offset the sweetness of the syrup – for a unique tasting experience.
There’s plenty to explore, and guests are encouraged to make a weekend out of the New Hampshire Maple Experience by staying the night at one of our partnering lodging establishments.